debunking the myths –
arguments against

Some critics have come out vocally against carbon tax and rebates. But their attacks on the policy are quite misleading. Let’s examine their concerns, point by point. In particular, opponents seem to be (intentionally) ignoring the fact that all the money from the tax is returned to households, leaving the vast majority of households better off financially. There are legitimate critiques of the policy – and we have ways we’d like to see it improved too.

what opponents are saying

It’s just a tax grab

The carbon tax is just an excuse for the government to take more money out of hard working Canadians’ pockets to fuel out of control government spending.

response

This is misleading. The vast majority of households will be financially better off because the government is returning 90% of the tax directly to households (the rest goes to businesses and nonprofits). The average Ontario family will get a $307 rebate in April (and will pay $240 in increased gas, heating and other costs).

Cost of Living

Canadians can’t afford a new tax that will make driving to work, heating your home and buying groceries more expensive.

response

This totally ignores the fact that the government is giving 90% of the funds back to Canadian families as rebates. Most Canadians (8 in 10) will be better off–receiving more in rebates than they pay in extra costs. Canadians deserve the whole truth–climate change is too important to play political games like this.

Hurts the economy

The carbon tax will kill jobs and hurt our economy by unfairly imposing a new tax on small business.

response

Carbon pricing is universally considered the lowest cost way to address climate change. By returning money to households and businesses, the economic impact will be minimal. In fact, a carbon price can spur economic growth in some fast-growing sectors like clean energy. Despite what politicians say, many businesses across Canada support it including the largest business group in Canada representing 200,000 businesses of all sizes.

It’s ineffective

The carbon tax will do nothing for the environment, all it does is hurt Canadian families.

response

Carbon pricing around the world has proven to reduce fuel use and change behaviour. In BC, which has the fastest growing economy in Canada, carbon emissions are up to 15% lower than they otherwise would’ve been. The government is also rebating 90% of the money back to households, leaving 8 in 10 families better off. Carbon pricing is fair and effective.

Hurts commuters

When the Prime Minister talks about polluters, he’s really talking about commuters. Whether you’re doing errands, going to work, or driving your kids to hockey, you’ll pay more at the pumps.

response

You will pay 4.4 cents more at the pumps in 2019 so that is true, but 90% of this money goes back to families. That means 8 in 10 families are actually better off with carbon rebates.

Trust

Do you really trust the government to address climate change without costing you more money?

response

Under the government’s federal carbon pricing law, they are legally obligated to return carbon rebate money to you. The government has announced that the first carbon rebates will be coming to provinces where the price is implemented in April, you’ll be able to see the rebate as a line item on your tax return.

Rest of world

Canadians can’t solve climate on their own–we shouldn’t have a carbon tax until countries like China and the United States start taking real action.

response

The effects of climate change affect all of us. We agree that all countries should be taking action and that Canada must do its part too. Countries who emit as much carbon as Canada or less represent one third of all global emissions, so Canada and other countries like it need to be part of the solution. Further, China and the US are acting, just not quickly enough. The US has carbon pricing in 10 states representing 1/3 of its economy, and China has implemented a carbon price in its power sector. It’s time for Canada to show leadership, and to do its part to help the world tackle climate change.

Exemptions for emitters

Trudeau’s giving special deals to big polluters while charging you the full price of the carbon tax.

response

Polluters are charged the same #carbonprice as individuals. There are rebates going to certain emitters, just like households, because they export products and it will help keep Canada competitive while fighting #climatechange. Far from being a policy loophole, the rebates to industry are a key way to ensure our export industry stays strong.

Tax on tax

Not only is the government charging you more at the pumps and to heat your home, but you’ll have to pay GST on their new carbon tax.

response

We agree that in an ideal scenario the GST be returned to households as well. While this was difficult for the government to do in year one, we would like to see them do this in future years.